Curse of the Crimson Throne
Shoanti War Paint
Aura moderate (school varies); CL 7th
Slot special; Price 900 gp, 1,800 gp; Weight —
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item; blur (black), expeditious retreat (blue), heroism (green), stoneskin (orange), resist energy (red), shield of faith (silver), death ward (white), clairaudience/clairvoyance (yellow);
Cost 900 gp (black and white paints); 450 gp (all other paints)
The Shoanti have developed numerous variations of magical war paint, each providing a specific benefit to aid their hunters, warriors, and heroes in a variety of tasks. Shoanti war paint can be applied to any visible part of the body—typically the face, shoulders, legs, or arms. Applying a dose of war paint is a full-round action that provokes an attack of opportunity. Shoanti war paint does not take up a magic item slot, but you can only benefit from one color of Shoanti war paint at a time—applying a dose of a different color replaces the effects of the previous application. Once applied, the effects granted by the war paint last for 24 hours.
The eight most common colors and their effects are listed here.
Black (1,800 gp): You become cloaked in shadows and smoke, gaining the effects of a blur spell.
Blue (900 gp): You gain a 30-foot enhancement bonus to your base move speed.
Green (900 gp): When you use bardic music to inspire courage, the morale bonus you grant increases by 1; this is treated as an enhancement bonus.
Orange (900 gp): You gain damage reduction 1/—. This effect stacks with the damage reduction granted by the barbarian class.
Red (900 gp): You gain fire resistance 10.
Silver (900 gp): You gain a +3 deflection bonus to AC.
White (1,800 gp): You gain a +4 resistance bonus on all saving throws against level drain and negative energy. As soon as you receive a negative level from an energy drain attack, the white war paint absorbs the effect and then fades away, ending the ongoing duration of the paint’s effect immediately.
Yellow (900 gp): Grants a +5 competence bonus on Perception checks.